As one of our last trips to Venice we decided to go out to the islands of Burano and Murano. Burano makes the lovely lace that is on my favorite scarves and Murano makes the beautiful Venetian glass that Venice is famous for (millefiore glass is my favorite). Getting to these islands requires a longer ferry ride, but it’s totally worth it if you make a day of just these islands.
First stop Murano. Where we were able to find a beautiful glass wire cage lantern with the millefiore pattern. There were beautiful glass sculptures all over the island. And tons of shops with everything glass you can imagine.
Next stop, Burano. I was not as interested in purchasing any lace (I did get a little hand fan for when I want to look fancy). But what I really wanted to see was the infamous brightly painted houses. And they did not disappoint. This is definitely my favorite part of Venice! I wonder if they repaint different colors now and then or if they stick with the same color? The whole place is just so photogenic. I was wishing we had dressed up to do family photos, how fun would that be?!
In March I finished up teaching violin lessons (which I had been doing for over a year at this point) by holding a small concert for my students. They did fantastic and it was a fun way to say goodbye. (Oh and you will also notice I had my hair dyed red, I could not stand the blonde anymore, it matches my violin!)
I took a cooking class at Aeolias so that I could learn to make Nick’s all time favorite, pear faggotini. It was a 4 class course and I learned several other dishes as well. Never hurts to take more cooking classes! I’m not even sure how many classes I have taken here in Italy, I love taking cooking classes. Now if I can just replicate what they show me…I’ll be set!
This is sort of like creme brulee but it is served cold and has a hint of orange flavor. It is crema catalana.
We took one last trip to Verona, Nick’s favorite city.
Found a broken down old sports car that looked like it had been in this garage forever. Really strange.
We fell in love with this antique table at a market and decided it needed to come home with us.
Nick’s unit did a good bye lunch for him.
Went to a movie on post and Daddy was in the previews. It will be weird for the kids to not see Dad on TV anymore when we leave.
Took a photo to remind ourselves how much gas costs here. Almost 70 Euro for a full tank, that’s nearly 100 dollars! And Americans complain about the cost of gas…
The kids have loved watching the construction in our back yard.
Nick went to Garmisch, Germany and got to do a German weapons training and earned a German “shootsen schneer”, I am sure that is not how you spell it. But it was a fun experience for him to get to try out some German weapons.